tenth Road residents elevate issues about bike path – Information – Hillsdale.internet – Hillsdale, MI
HOLLAND — The trial of a two-way, on-street cycle monitor on tenth Road final month spurred a whole bunch of emails and calls to metropolis corridor, with many residents voicing concern concerning the viability of creating the cycle monitor a everlasting fixture.
The monitor is one possibility within the effort so as to add bike infrastructure to tenth Road as the town designs a complete reconstruction of the road and utility work, scheduled for spring 2021.
The road was recognized in a latest downtown visitors research as a spot for an east-west hall for biking by the town that may join Kollen Park, downtown and Hope Faculty and will ultimately connect with a future bike path on Eighth Road east of Chicago Drive.
The research instructed a cycle monitor, though officers have stated they’re additionally contemplating a motorbike lane just like the one on Central Avenue for tenth Road, amongst different choices.
Metropolis officers have stated the cycle monitor trial was profitable in that it generated public enter and dialogue concerning the venture.
That dialogue, at a Thursday public assembly concerning the venture, centered across the “quiet, residential nature” of tenth Road and a need to protect their on-street parking and mature bushes.
If the cycle monitor possibility is pursued, the road would should be widened, doubtless ensuing within the lack of a few of these bushes, and parking would doubtless be prohibited on one facet of the road.
“These bushes have been right here lots longer than any of us have, so I simply don’t really feel it’s proper to tug them out for a motorbike path,” stated one tenth Road resident.
Others questioned the necessity for bike infrastructure in a residential space, saying bicyclists are already protected on the road, which has cease indicators at each cross road.
Site visitors counts carried out by Pedal Holland discovered the variety of bicyclists per hour on tenth Road doubled from 7-8 per hour final yr to greater than 15 in the course of the cycle monitor trial, in accordance with Meika Weiss, founding board president of Pedal Holland.
Pedal Holland’s visitors counts additionally discovered that the cycle monitor introduced the variety of individuals biking on the sidewalk from 65 p.c all the way down to 12 p.c, with 83 p.c of riders utilizing the cycle monitor.
“Once we have a look at numbers like this, we are able to see who’s comfy by seeing the place they’re using,” Weiss stated. “When we now have 65 p.c of individuals on the sidewalk we all know that they aren’t comfy using on the road.”
The roughly $5 million venture to reconstruct tenth Road is anticipated to be introduced to Holland Metropolis Council in one of many council’s subsequent two conferences.
Metropolis engineer and transportation director Brian White instructed residents at Thursday’s assembly that no matter plan the town proposes would search to reduce impacts on bushes.
White additionally stated an effort to deal with security issues on the intersection of Van Raalte Avenue and tenth Road, the place many pedestrians and cyclists cross to entry Kollen Park, can be a part of the reconstruction venture.
“We need to take one other lengthy, onerous have a look at that space as a part of this venture (and) hopefully make enhancements there, even when a motorbike facility doesn’t go in, attempt to make enhancements there for the pedestrian crossing as effectively,” White stated.
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